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Trump says he will visit Vatican

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis rather dryly told reporters on the plane during his return from a visit to Cairo on April 30 that he had not been contacted about any visit from the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
 
Then Politico reported that the flamboyant Republican announced on May 4 only that the Vatican would be on his itinerary when he travels to Brussels on May 25 for a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the G7 in Sicily, as well as Saudi Arabia and Israel, during the signing of an executive order in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington.
 
During his flight home, Pope Francis said that he had not been contacted about a meeting with Trump, simply saying that all heads of state will be met if they ask, before moving quickly onto other matters.
 
The possibility of a meeting has been the subject of much speculation since Pope Francis made his rather pointed comment that those who think only of building walls and not bridges are not Christian.

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